|Amodei promotes his experience during campaign stop|
|Written by Photography by Mike Michaelsen/Dee Holzel|
|Thursday, August 11 2011 19:39|
WINNEMUCCA — The Republican candidate for Nevada’s Congressional District 2 Special Election was in town Tuesday (Aug. 9) to promote his campaign to local voters. Mark Amodei outlined his background and promoted his strengths – to include his lengthy experience working with land-use issues and his legislative service.
A reception for Amodei was hosted by the Northern Nevada Republican Women (shown right with the candidate).Tracy Guinn, president of the NNRW, explained the purpose of the organization was to promote Republican candidates, and they were pleased to stand by their principles in promoting Amodei, whom she called “A true, blue Republican.”
Although Amodei was the former chairman of the GOP and the president of the Nevada Mining Association, many of the event attendees acknowledged they didn’t know much about him.
When Sharon McAllister was asked what she knew about the candidate she replied, “Nothing. I’m here to learn.”
The same was true for Candace Puls, who acknowledged her attention has been on the national news.
After spending considerable time speaking with the candidate, Puls said, “I think he’s very genuine, personable, and down-to-earth.”
She asked him about the possibility for future town hall, similar to those hosted over the telephone by other representatives, but Amodei said it was his preference to spend time in the district talking face-to-face with the constituents.
Puls said she found his willingness to attend get-togethers, like the one held Tuesday, admirable.
Resident Norla Draper, on the other hand, came with a message for the candidate.
She said, “What I want is a candidate who can go to Congress and vote in the interest of the people and not party affiliations.”
This was supported by the folks sitting with her.
She said she was tired of smear campaigns and commented, “All I want to know is what they’re going to do in Congress -- not all that other stuff about other campaigns.”
Amodei stopped by Draper’s table and promoted his military service, in which he was with the Army JAG Corps, his years of experience as an attorney in which he worked on land-use issues, and his 12 years in the Nevada Legislature.
His platform includes the following:
Amodei pointed out whoever is elected will only have 16 months to serve. He promoted himself as the candidate who was most able to pick up quickly from where Dean Heller left off.
On hand to help promote his fellow legislator was Assemblyman Ira Hansen who said, “Mark will carry on the conservative pattern established by Dean Heller. They seem to be cut from the same cloth and they will be an excellent duo for our state.”
He concluded, “Mark will hit the ground running.”
(shown from left) Ira Hansen, Mark Amodei, Di An Putnam, Pete Goicoechea
Mark Amodei is shown promoting his experience to local voters.
In what many hoped would become a popular political trend,
the reception for Amodei was held at Bella Grazia and was catered by Food for Thought.